WHITE GUIDE: Yesterday the annual White Guide Gala was held, introducing the new Swedish White Guide 2017-18 as well as the winners in several gastronomical prize categories. For the first time, the gala was held in Gothenburg, on Sweden’s west coast.
Before the gala and prize announcements, a trend seminar was held at Chalmers University of Technology. The theme of the day was ”the green from the blue”, focusing on sustainable fishing practices, ”blue farms” of seaweed, algae or mollusks, the possibilities of cooking and utilizing seaweed, algae and plankton, and much more.
At the gala, the top 31 restaurants in the uppermost two gastronomic categories were presented, and prizes were awarded in categories such as Merroir, Terroir, Best Restaurant, Worth a Journey, Best Sustainable Gastronomy, Best Wine Experience and many others. For the second year running, Sweden's best restaurant is Esperanto in Stockholm, this year taking home both the Restaurant Culture and Gastronomy categories.
The gala, which was livestreamed at whiteguide.se, was followed by a Merroir Dinner planned and cooked by Magnus Ek of Oaxen Krog, this year’s Merroir Award recipient.
The full press release with this years restaurants, prize winners and statements can be downloaded (in Swedish) HERE.
Photo: David Back.
7 Mar 2017
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NEWS NORDIC: As Noma nears its closure and re-opening in the restaurant's new location, René Redzepi takes on another ambitious pop-up project: this time in Central America – Mexico, to be exact. The residence is cosigned both Redzepi and his former sous-chef, Rosio Sanchez.
Since Ms Sanchez left Noma, she's been running taquería Hija de Sanchez in Torvehallerne in Copenhagen, which itself has hosted pop-ups from some of the world's most famous chefs, which White Guide wrote about last year. Now, she embarks on a joint endeavor together with Mr Redzepi, in a country where she herself has roots: Mexico.
WHITE GUIDE: For the first time today, a White Guide for a specific city was launched – Stockholm. White Guide Stockholm 2016-17 contains the very best restaurants, cafés and 20 hotels with exceptional personalities.
The guide is in both Swedish and English, and features restaurants and cafés from the 2016 Swedish guides that were launched in March in May, respectively (some restaurant reviews are new). For the first time, White Guide has also reviewed hotels, and selected 20 of Stockholm's most exceptional ones, in different price ranges.
"We're extra happy to have a sneak premiere of hotels in White Guide Stockholm, with a selection of 20 that have exceptional personality. As when we review restaurants and cafés, extra care has been taken to develop a points system that will help the guest to find the right hotel for the right occasion. We see a big demand for initiated and thorough reviews of hotels, and are aiming to develop this concept in all our markets in the future", says Peter Hansson, CEO of White Guides AB.
WHITE GUIDE: The third edition of The White Guide Nordic was launched today in Stockholm. More than 300 journalists and restaurateurs took part in the event.
The new guide covers the 325 best restaurants in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe islands and Greenland. New this year is that it also contains reviews of the 60 best restaurants in the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, thus covering a large part of northern Europe with its many both unique and interconnected cuisines.
Just as last year, the evaluation of the restaurant scene in the Nordics has resulted in a Top 30 list, which is included in the press release. The list is topped by Esperanto and Fäviken in Sweden, followed by Maaemo in Norway, and Geranium and Kadeau København in Denmark.
Read the full press release HERE!
The new edition of the White Guide Nordic will be released on Monday the 31st of October – featuring 325 restaurants in the Nordics and 60 in the Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
This third edition of the White Guide Nordic covers more culinary ground than ever before. In Denmark and Sweden we’ve picked out the top-scoring restaurants from the national guides and included the best newcomers (85 in Denmark, 92 in Sweden). The biggest expansion this year has been in Norway which, thanks to 16 new entries, can now count 64 restaurants in the guide. Finland isn’t far behind at 61, while Iceland has 15 included restaurants.
WHITE GUIDE NORDIC: Your guide to the gastronomy of the Nordics – this edition also including all of the Baltic countries.
Most diners in Denmark and Sweden are familiar with the trademark and the many initiatives of the White Guide. For thirteen consecutive years, White Guide has published comprehensive local guides to the gastronomy of Sweden and Denmark, and 2014 saw the arrival of the very first guide – in English – to the whole Nordic region. On October 31st, the third, most comprehensive edition yet will be released – this time covering almost 400 restaurants in the Nordics and also including chapters of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
WHITE GUIDE: Dan Barber, Global Gastronomy Award winner, 2016
“Food for thought” takes on a whole new meaning after a few days in the company of Dan Barber. He is revolutionizing the way we look at food. Sourcing locally and organically is a good thing, but far from enough if we want to achieve a truly sustainable food system. We have to reverse, reinvent and reboot our whole approach to food, including controversial bits such as use, waste and natural genetic engineering.
Dan Barber. Portrait by Mark Ostow.
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NEWS SWEDEN: On Monday the 30th of May the latest White Guide Café, listing the best cafés 2016-17, was released. Eight winners in different categories were also anounced along with the guide, that lists 336 cafés.
At the release party, more than 300 guests mingled and celebrated in the picturesque Eric Ericson Hall, a former church located on Skeppsholmen Island in Stockholm. Over 400 cafés were evaluated , with 336 securing a coveted spot in the guide.
The Swedish “fika” tradition – drinking coffee and having cake, whether at home or at a café – is strong, as evidenced by the interest in the guide, available as both app and book. But “to fika” is an evolving concept, says café guide editor Lena Ilkjaer: